Friday, January 25, 2013

Project Life Attempt -Take 2

Yesterday, after a few more looks on Pinterest and pinning a few things for ideas I went back and had another try at the whole Project Life idea. 

Once I got past my previous 15 years of scrapbooking tendencies and the idea of having to have everything on the page being related, I started to see it differently. I looked at the page as a collection of everyday events. Not just a single page but rather several mini pages. With that approach I have to say I really like the idea and will definitely be doing more. 

I am not one to take a ton of photos that are related and we don't really have any big events or celebrations. In our house life is all about 
simple moments, 
everyday events 
and 
celebrating life as it comes
No planning. 

While some people sketch out their ideas and page design very carefully, this is one project that I have decided will be like our lives. 

Unplanned. 

Take it as it comes.

 This idea is perfect for most of the photos I take. Just one or two quick snapshots of what is going on or little notes of things that are said. 

With that in mind, I began with some of my most recent photos (2013) and here is what I ended up with:



It was really a lot of fun. I used a variety of different products on the cards-stickers, stamps, computer printing and more. Here are a few close-ups of the different elements.


(click on the images for full size view)
I added the month card from Simple Stories and accented the card with "Memories" and "Documented" from my Take Note stamp set
Letters to spell focus are die cut from the Chip Block Sizzix die. The glasses on that card came from the Spoon Me stamp set by Becky Oehlers and the stars are from Stamp it Big by Carolyn King.
The center card includes "Say What" and "Date" from Take Note. The heart is from my Simple Hearts stamp set. Frame behind the plate comes from Take Note
The other papers and stickers come primarily from the Simple Stories Sn@p line with the exception of the number stickers which are form Echo Park Paper.


For these cards I used mostly Simple Stories Sna@p papers and computer printing. The circles stickers are from the same line. For the photos of my daughter's first day of college I added a comment that I printed off of her Twitter account. The "blah, blah, blah" came from the Take Note stamp set



 Here I added another Twitter comment. The heart, circle and xoxo came from my Simple Hearts stamp set. The circles along the bottom of the center card are washi tape. The red and black letters stickers are form Fancy Pants Designs.

Here are the full images of the stamps I used:




 Spoon Me


Of course, I will still be making cards-LOTS of cards.
and I'll still be scrapbooking "regular" pages. But now that I started I'm pretty sure I'm hooked and will be sharing quite a few more Project Life style pages in the near future. :)

Thanks for stopping by! 
I'd love to hear what you think. 
Do you do project life already? 
Would you like to?


13 comments:

Basement Stamper said...

I love what you are doing with your Project Life, think it looks amazing!

Ravengirl said...

This looks cute too! I like both styles you presented today and yesterday!

Pat Jandacek said...

I like this idea - more like a pictorial diary and much more interesting than many shots of the same topic, imho. I'll have to see what you presented yesterday.

TenSGal said...

I had stayed away from Project Life for a couple of years...just didn't want to make that big of a commitment but then a friend of mine got placed on the PL creative team (she does digital) and I thought what a great idea. I thought about doing it digitally but then because I love paper decided to do it that way. I struggled at first because I was still thinking in the 12x12 mode of scrapbooking but I, like you, finally realized that each slot would be it's own little mini layout...and I could "free" myself to do the things I enjoyed...a little or a lot! It took a major mind shift for me! LOL!
I've done 3 weeks so far and it's been so much fun. If you want to take a peek at my latest here it is:
http://expressionavenue.blogspot.com/2013/01/project-life-week-3.html

And I'm like you...pretty unplanned! LOL! Whatever floats my boat for the week is what I'm using!

And lastly I love your pages....they look wonderful!!! Love your use of the stamps!

Susan

Carolyn King said...

This looks awesome Tami. LOVE your pages and i am inspired to start doing this!!

usharon said...

I like what you've done here...makes me think more about joining the Project Life scene. If you had a lot of memorabilia (like me) would you still do it this way?

Diana Queen said...

Unplanned.

Take it as it comes.


I think those are key for someone like me who gets gung-ho about scrap booking, then misses a few weeks due to time constraints and then gives up on it for awhile. I like the "take it as it comes" attitude. No pressure to "keep up" just really enjoy capturing those moments in time.

;D

Mary Roberson said...

You know, thats a wonderful concept to help others {like myself} who have gotten hung up with scrapbooking. I often wonder if thats why I enjoy making cards-no
right or wrong and a smaller canvas.
I might try your idea and see if I can get back to scrapbooking again.

Jeanne Kouyeas said...

I really like this "page" or mini-pages... How long did it take you to do the whole thing ? I might have to give this a try now that I see how it's intended to be a series of "moments" instead of full page layouts

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